Second Apple v. Samsung Patent Trial Ends With A Partial Victory For Apple, But Far From What It Wanted

from the fizzled-out dept

The second round of Apple v. Samsung patent battles hasn't received quite the same attention, and it appears that it mostly fizzled out with the jury as well. In a late Friday verdict, Apple technically won on two patents which the jury found Samsung infringed. However, three others it found that Samsung did not infringe. Meanwhile, Apple was found to have infringed on one of Samsung's patents. Apple had asked for $2.2 billion -- but the jury awarded it just $119.6 million. Still a significant sum, but only 5% of what Apple was seeking. As Joe Mullin notes:
While Apple "won" this trial, Apple simply lost on damages. There's the best way to describe a number that's such a low proportion of what it was seeking.

From the trial's very beginning, Apple lawyers said that the whole purpose of Samsung presenting two patents of its own and asking for the "small" sum of $6 million was a cynical one: to convince the jurors that patents aren't worth that much.

If that was Samsung's goal—today's verdict is "mission accomplished." Considering litigation at this level is something of a war of attrition; Samsung has shown that it can basically fight Apple to a standstill. It's doubtful that $120 million would cover Apple's legal bill for even this litigation, much less the whole worldwide patent war it launched.
Now, can we go back to actually competing in the marketplace? Eh, doubtful. This isn't over yet.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 May 2014 @ 3:58pm

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    Well ... the purpose of the patent system isn't to create 'valuable' patents. Of course govt established monopolies are valuable to those that receive them but that doesn't make those receiving them any more deserving. No one is entitled to a govt established monopoly. Patents should exist only to the extent that they promote the progress and serve a social good. The value of a monopoly privilege to the receiver is irrelevant, the only relevant question when considering the existence and award of a patent is the social value.

    Here it's not hard to see that patents aren't really doing society much good. These companies aren't releasing new products because they want patents and they certainly aren't looking to patents to figure out how to build these products (they don't need patents) so the patents are essentially socially useless. The only thing they are resulting in is getting lawyers rich which directs money away from more productive and innovative endeavors and towards litigation.

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